Professional Development Programs: Best Practices, Successes, and Lessoned Learned for Professional-Level URM Participation in the Domestic and Global Geosciences Workforce

Session ID#: 26499

Session Description:
The majority of geosciences undergraduate and graduate programs provide little to no preparation in soft skills and other non-academic competencies needed to thrive in  domestic and/or international geosciences careers. There is a shortage of professional development programs (PDPs) that provide training opportunities for URMs that facilitate their proficiency at effectively addressing difficult challenges and mastery of other soft skills, such as  effective scientific communication, project management, team work, and business acumen. This session investigates vision, design, implementation, outcomes, and future directions of URM-focused geosciences professional development training programs designed to fill these gaps through the innovative use of holistic approaches for attracting and training URM’s in the geosciences. Information will be shared on the efficacy and success of  PDPs that use strategies to: provide training in soft skills and key competencies, engage participants in real life or situational trainings, and foster supportive environments to sustain education and professional development.
Primary Convener:  Ashanti Johnson, MSPHD'S Professional Development and Mentoring Institute (PDMI), Arlington, TX, United States
Conveners:  Melanie Harrison Okoro, NOAA Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, United States, Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, United States and Vivian Williamson, MSPHD'S Professional Development and Mentoring Institute (PDMI), Arlington, TX, United States

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Fredrika C Moser1, Michael R. Allen1, Maria Barberena-Arias2, Jenna Clark1, Lora Harris3, Pedro M Maldonado4, Carlo Olivo-Delgado5 and James J Pierson6, (1)Maryland Sea Grant College, College Park, MD, United States, (2)Universidad del Turabo, Gurabo, PR, United States, (3)Chesapeake Biological Lab, UMCES, Solomons Island, MD, United States, (4)Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico, Science & Tecnology, San Juan, PR, United States, (5)Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, United States, (6)University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD, United States
Carolyn E Wilson and Chris Keane, American Geosciences Institute, Alexandria, VA, United States
Keiara Auzenne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA, United States and Jane L Teranes, Univ California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, United States

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